REVIEW: Hozier at Portsmouth Guildhall

Grammy-nominated musician Hozier took the crowd to church at Portsmouth Guildhall. Picture: Glenn Ashley

Grammy-nominated musician Hozier took the crowd to church at Portsmouth Guildhall. Picture: Glenn Ashley

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Cheered by the large crowd filling the Guildhall, Irish born, Hozier, commenced Thursday’s show with the mellow Like Real People Do.

Since his self-titled debut album was released Hozier (born Andrew Hozier-Byrne) has seen increasing success and tonight he plays to yet another sold-out venue.

I am eagerly waiting to hear new material – when it eventually makes the setlist

Hozier and his band prove that they are a tight unit and all talented musicians in their own right.

Early in the set, Hozier strummed his Bohemian oil can guitar, bringing a hint of Americana and blues and further demonstrating the diversity of his style.

From Eden was mesmerising and the duet with Karen Cowley, of supporting band Wyvern Lingo, for In A Week was beautifully haunting.

Although a huge fan of his debut album, I was keen to see if Hozier had any new material to showcase tonight.

Unfortunately the setlist did not veer too far from the album.

Hozier’s take on David Bowie’s Young Americans was done well in a slower tempo, utilising the choir-esque support from his band.

His cover of Blackbird by The Beatles was also a highlight.

And when he performed his signature song Take Me To Church, a sea of camera phones surfaced and the crowd could now leave satisfied.

Hozier is one impressive and talented musician and I am eagerly waiting to hear new material – when it eventually makes the setlist.

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